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Post by daveredhead on Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:07 am

Hi there
Can anyone give me any information about this company
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Post by daveredhead on Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:13 am

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Has anyone any information about this company please
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Post by philpot on Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:35 am

From what one can gather on Google 'Elka' was not a pottery, but a very popular  style of modernist Czech pottery inspired by Jaroslav Jezek. East Germany was a pretty ruthless communist state  and never had any tourist industry. https://www.pinterest.de/amp/pin/544513411175892406/
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Post by daveredhead on Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:48 am

Hi
I think you might be wrong they had a large trade both with other eastern block countries as well as western Germany. I have quite a few of these tourist pieces
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Post by philpot on Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:56 am

East Germany was a product of the Cold War. The border between East Germany and West Germany was entirely sealed. In fact many East Germans died trying to escape from East Germany to West Germany over Barbed wire fences and minefields. There was no trade between East and West Germany, Far from it, their border was the front line between two large armies totally opposed to each other.
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Post by daveredhead on Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:03 am

Maybe you should check about IKEA getting there furinture made in eastern Germany along with large west German companies. In the 80s it was made easier for west Germans to visit the east and yes eastern Germany's by then were allowed to go to the west. The west German government gave the east funds for doing this. Not sure were your history is from
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Post by philpot on Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:10 am

Probably from being of a generation that lived through that 'History'. Laughter
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Post by daveredhead on Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:17 am

Strangely I was based in West Germany for ten years in the 80s and lived through that as well.
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Post by janetpjohn on Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:05 am

All the different marks on this set make me think Elka was a decorator, retailer, or importer:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/761406583/oscar-schlegelmilch-elka-thuringia-east
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